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The mere attempt to examine my own confusion would consume volumes.

Tags: Attempt, Consume  ✍ Author: James Agee

A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.

Tags: Means, Problem  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.

Tags: Age, Opinion  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.

Tags: Away, Used  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.

Tags: Age, Means  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

Conversion is not my intention. Changing religion is not easy. You may develop some kind of confusion or difficulties.

Tags: May, Religion  ✍ Author: Dalai Lama

On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

Tags: Put, Wrong  ✍ Author: Charles Babbage

Furthermore, America suffers not only from a lack of standards, but also not infrequently from a confusion or an inversion of standards.

Tags: America, Lack  ✍ Author: Irving Babbitt

Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.

Tags: Error, Truth  ✍ Author: Francis Bacon

Acting is a form of confusion.

Tags: Acting  ✍ Author: Tallulah Bankhead

The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.

Tags: Between, Old  ✍ Author: John C. Calhoun

Some respected and beloved brethren insist that the forming and organising of churches is, according to God's will, the only means of finding blessing in the midst of that confusion which is acknowledged to exist.

Tags: Blessing, God  ✍ Author: John Nelson Darby

It is still not enough for language to have clarity and content... it must also have a goal and an imperative. Otherwise from language we descend to chatter, from chatter to babble and from babble to confusion.

Tags: Enough, Goal  ✍ Author: Rene Daumal

I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.

Tags: Pretty, Try  ✍ Author: Johnny Depp

I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What role does silence have in all this noise?

Tags: Silence, Speech  ✍ Author: Federico Fellini

Instead of this confusion, we need the unifying force of an official language, English, which is the language of success in America.

Tags: America, Success  ✍ Author: Ernest Istook

The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.

Tags: Democracy, Quiet  ✍ Author: Molly Ivins

She was good at playing abstract confusion in the same way that a midget is good at being short.

Tags: Good, Short  ✍ Author: Clive James

I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.

Tags: Anybody, Except  ✍ Author: Jack Kerouac

And I believe that it becomes a troubled continent because there are those who must always cause confusion so that we do not keep these natural resources.

Tags: Keep, Natural  ✍ Author: Miriam Makeba

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.

Tags: Order, Word  ✍ Author: Henry Miller

I don't know how many sacred cows there are today. I think there's a little confusion between humor and gross passing for humor. That's kind of regrettable.

Tags: Humor, Today  ✍ Author: Bob Newhart

The one recurring theme in my writing, and in my life in general, is confusion. The fact that anytime you think you really know something, you're going to find out you're wrong - that is the rule. The moments where you think you have something figured out, those are the exceptions.

Tags: Life, Writing  ✍ Author: Conor Oberst

It has not been an easy cross to bear. It has caused considerable confusion. My husband constantly complained about the awkwardness of being married to a woman whom he called Sister.

Tags: Husband, Woman  ✍ Author: Eli Pariser

I never wanted fame, of all things, and I'm not just being cheeky. There are benefits that come with being famous, but there's also confusion. It's important to make sure your feet stay on the ground.

Tags: Famous, Wanted  ✍ Author: Grace Park
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Confusion of sign and object is original sin coeval with the word.

Tags: Original, Word  ✍ Author: Willard Van Orman Quine

I personally have a background of many days on end of confusion, understimulation, overstimulation, and uncomfortableness with the world around me.

Tags: Days, End  ✍ Author: Mary Lynn Rajskub

Political rhetoric leads only to confusion.

Tags: Political, Rhetoric  ✍ Author: Tariq Ramadan

We need above all, I think, a certain remoteness from urban confusion.

Tags: Above, Urban  ✍ Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.

Tags: Minds, Order  ✍ Author: George Santayana

Fiction just has a lot more room for ambivalence and internal conflict, contradiction, and for me that sums up so much of what people felt after 9/11 - confusion even. And I think that's hard to capture in journalism.

Tags: After, Hard  ✍ Author: Kurt Waldheim

God endorses the confusion and even outrage that we feel when mysterious things happen.

Tags: God, Happen  ✍ Author: Mo Yan

An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.

Tags: Business, Percent  ✍ Author: Fred Allen

The use of the polygraph has done little more than create confusion, ambiguity and mistakes.

Tags: Done, Mistakes  ✍ Author: Aldrich Ames

There is sometimes a peculiar confusion in the West that equates progress to whatever is recent or whatever is new, and it is time we understood that progress has nothing to do with the chronology of an idea.

Tags: Sometimes, Time  ✍ Author: Barbara Amiel

At one of the annual conventions of the American Society for Aesthetics much confusion arose when the Society for Anesthetics met at the same time in the same hotel.

Tags: Society, Time  ✍ Author: Rudolf Arnheim

People, unprotected by their roles, become isolated in beauty and intellect and illness and confusion.

Tags: Beauty, Become  ✍ Author: Richard Avedon

I keep my stand-up comedy notes in a pile on my desk. I don't organize my act. I keep myself in a state of confusion. It stresses me out, but I prefer creative chaos.

Tags: Creative, Keep  ✍ Author: Joy Behar

Very rarely is there any confusion as to when a painting or a song is finished. You just know when it's done.

Tags: Done, Song  ✍ Author: Brandon Boyd

The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion; and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology.

Tags: Poetry, Try  ✍ Author: Basil Bunting

Mixed feelings, like mixed drinks, are a confusion to the soul.

Tags: Feelings, Soul  ✍ Author: George Carman

Logic is the last scientific ingredient of Philosophy; its extraction leaves behind only a confusion of non-scientific, pseudo problems.

Tags: Philosophy, Problems  ✍ Author: Rudolf Carnap

People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.

Tags: Between, Philosophy  ✍ Author: John Cheever

I am a Christian and I don't want there to be any confusion about what I believe or who I am.

Tags: Christian  ✍ Author: Kristin Chenoweth

One is that that's the way we started and we thought there would be more value and less confusion if the business model was just based on delivering news that's of value to Web sites.

Tags: Business, Thought  ✍ Author: Jay Chiat

Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.

Tags: Great, Greatest  ✍ Author: Jessi Colter

Gandhi has asked that the British Government should walk out of India and leave the Indian people to settle differences among themselves, even if it means chaos and confusion.

Tags: Government, Means  ✍ Author: Stafford Cripps

Those who cultivate moral confusion for profit should understand this: we will name their names and shame them as they deserve to be shamed.

Tags: Moral, Understand  ✍ Author: Bob Dole

Tis this desire of bending all things to our own purposes which turns them into confusion and is the chief source of every error in our lives.

Tags: Desire, Lives  ✍ Author: Sarah Fielding

History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.

Tags: Experience, History  ✍ Author: Gerald R. Ford

The Lord Jesus will be revealed mightily, and will make bare his holy Arm, as well in the confusion of Antichrist, as in the conversion of the Jews, before the last judgment, and the end of all things.

Tags: End, Jesus  ✍ Author: Ed Gillespie

Grief is perhaps an unknown territory for you. You might feel both helpless and hopeless without a sense of a 'map' for the journey. Confusion is the hallmark of a transition. To rebuild both your inner and outer world is a major project.

Tags: Hopeless, Sense  ✍ Author: Anne Grant

I believe the process of going from confusion to understanding is a precious, even emotional, experience that can be the foundation of self-confidence.

Tags: Emotional, Experience  ✍ Author: Brian Greene

I don't cause riots, but I do cause confusion. People freeze when they spot me.

Tags: Cause, Riots  ✍ Author: Tom Hanks

It is the artist's function not to copy but to synthesise: to eliminate from that gross confusion of actuality which is his raw material whatever is accidental, idle, irrelevant, and select for perpetuation that only which is appropriate and immortal.

Tags: Artist, Whatever  ✍ Author: William Ernest Henley

If the Loki in 'Thor' was about a spiritual confusion - 'Who am I? How do I belong in this world?' - the Loki in 'Avengers' is, 'I know exactly who I am, and I'm going to make this world belong to me.'

Tags: Belong, Spiritual  ✍ Author: Tom Hiddleston

A superstition which pretends to be scientific creates a much greater confusion of thought than one which contents itself with simple popular practices.

Tags: Simple, Thought  ✍ Author: Johan Huizinga

It was a weak spot in any nation to have a large body of disaffected people within its confusion.

Tags: Body, Nation  ✍ Author: Zora Neale Hurston

I'm 16 now, I was 15 when it happened... and the encryption code wasn't in fact written by me, but written by the German member. There seems to be a bit of confusion about that part.

Tags: Fact, Seems  ✍ Author: Jon Johansen

Getting your house in order and reducing the confusion gives you more control over your life. Personal organization some how releases or frees you to operate more effectively.

Tags: Control, Life  ✍ Author: Larry King

Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn.

Tags: Artist, Nature  ✍ Author: Paul Klee

Confusion makes people uncomfortable. They can't put their finger on me.

Tags: Makes, Put  ✍ Author: Lenny Kravitz

Berlin is still going through a transition since the Cold War - both in what used to be East and West Berlin. I can still sense the confusion and the struggle for identity there in the streets. There's a pulse to it.

Tags: Struggle, War  ✍ Author: Diane Kruger

When I look at the majority of my own songs they really came from my own sense of personal confusion or need to express some pain or beauty - they were coming from a universal and personal place.

Tags: Beauty, Pain  ✍ Author: Annie Lennox

Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.

Tags: Family, Help  ✍ Author: Joe Lieberman

I noticed that there are no B batteries. I think that's to avoid confusion, cause if there were you wouldn't know if someone was stuttering. 'Yes, hello I'd like some b-batteries.' 'What kind?' 'B-batteries.' 'What kind?' 'B-batteries!' and D-batteries that's hard for foreigners. 'Yes, I would like de batteries.'

Tags: Hard, Someone  ✍ Author: Demetri Martin

It is possible to resolve childhood repression safely and without confusion - something that has always been disputed by the most respected schools of thought.

Tags: Possible, Thought  ✍ Author: Alice Miller

Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined; Till at his second bidding darkness fled, Light shone, and order from disorder sprung.

Tags: Darkness, Light  ✍ Author: John Milton

I feel very comfortable with the way I look, and I feel very comfortable with the kind of confusion that it creates in people's minds.

Tags: Creates, Minds  ✍ Author: Brian Molko

'The 17 Day Diet' keeps your body and metabolism guessing. I call this 'body confusion.'

Tags: Body, Diet  ✍ Author: Mike Moreno

It's not refreshing where there is confusion or any kind of discomfort in a group that has to work that closely together.

Tags: Together, Work  ✍ Author: Kate Mulgrew

I think this confusion leads intellectuals and artists themselves to believe that the elite arts and humanities are a kind of higher, exalted form of human endeavor.

Tags: Human, Themselves  ✍ Author: Steven Pinker

For the record, I am not an admitted homosexual, nor am I a homosexual, though I do know the lyrics to every show tune ever written, which might perhaps account for the confusion.

Tags: Might, Show  ✍ Author: John Podhoretz

Be able to notice all the confusion between fact and opinion that appears in the news.

Tags: Between, Opinion  ✍ Author: Marilyn vos Savant

The first, that their pretensions to this possession of an art properly so called in their art of speaking are entirely unfounded; and the second, that they are involved in a profound mistake in their confusion of the good with the pleasant.

Tags: Art, Good  ✍ Author: Friedrich Schleiermacher

There was a time I could have been mistaken for Burt Reynolds. I had a moustache and so did he. But he was the number one star in the world, so there wasn't really much confusion.

Tags: Star, Time  ✍ Author: Tom Selleck

The idea behind diet confusion is, you have to keep your body off-kilter. So by changing the type of foods that you eat, the frequency of the foods that you eat, you can keep your metabolism revved up.

Tags: Diet, Keep  ✍ Author: Ian K. Smith

When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion.

Tags: Knowledge, Order  ✍ Author: Herbert Spencer

My earlier poems were sadder than my poems are today, perhaps because I wrote them in confusion or when I was unhappy. But I am not a melancholy person, quite the contrary, no one enjoys laughing more than I do.

Tags: Today, Unhappy  ✍ Author: Adlai Stevenson

From the moment when he catches sight of the light of the world, a man seeks to find out himself and get hold of himself out of its confusion, in which he, with everything else, is tossed about in motley mixture.

Tags: Light, Moment  ✍ Author: Max Stirner

Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness.

Tags: Lead, Thinking  ✍ Author: James Thurber

Economists treat economics as if it is a pure science divorced from the facts of life. The result of this false accountancy is a willful confusion under cover of which industry wreaks its havoc scot-free and ignores the environmental cost.

Tags: Life, Science  ✍ Author: Vivienne Westwood

It is equally demonstrable that so far as Texas is concerned, there have been equal confusion, insecurity and injustice in the administration of the State governments.

Tags: Far, Insecurity  ✍ Author: William H. Wharton

I have many debates now with friends on the changes, and the continuing confusion over bringing up your children, instilling values, letting them make the right choices.

Tags: Children, Friends  ✍ Author: Olivia Williams

I wanted to invent myself as a fictional character. And I did, and it has caused a great deal of confusion.

Tags: Character, Great  ✍ Author: Jeanette Winterson
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